Inno3D has expanded its lineup of video cards based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor with an add-in-board featuring a hybrid cooling system using a closed loop liquid cooler. The graphics card comes with a factory-overclocked GPU, whereas the advanced cooler promises some additional overclocking potential for those who plan to squeeze all of the juice out of a GP106.

The Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 Black is built upon a PCB with a proprietary custom design that is longer compared to that of NVIDIA's reference design and comes with a pre-installed Arctic Accelero Hybrid S AIO cooling system, featuring a 120-mm heat exchanger with a fan. The GP106 GPU runs at 1569/1784 MHz (base/boost), which is a bit higher compared to NVIDIA’s reference cards but is in line with Inno3D’s other factory-overclocked boards based on the same processor. The board is equipped with 6 GB of memory running at 8.2 GT/s and has five display outputs (Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, 3x DisplayPort 1.4). As for power, the card requires an 8-pin auxiliary PCIe power connector.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1060 Black and Reference GeForce GTX 1060 Specification Comparison
  Inno3D iChill
GeForce GTX 1060 Black
Product Name C106B-3SDN-N5GNX -
Stream Processors 1280
Texture Units 80
ROPs 64
Core Clock 1569 MHz 1506 MHz
Boost Clock 1784 MHz 1683 MHz
Memory Clock 8.2 Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 192-bit
TDP 150 W 120 W
Outputs 1 × DL DVI-D
3 × DP 1.4
1 ×HDMI 2.0b
Architecture Pascal
Transistor Count 4.4 B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 16 nm CLN16FF+
Launch Date December, 2016 July, 2016
Launch Price unknown $249

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 (GP106) graphics chip is popular both among makers of video cards (AIB partners) as well as end-users, as referenced by recent numbers by Jon Peddie Research. Large suppliers of AIBs usually have four or more graphics solutions/cards based on the GP106 in their lineups. Nonetheless, Inno3D seems to be the first company to offer GeForce GTX 1060 with a hybrid air and liquid cooling system. The GP106 graphics processor is a rather good overclocker: with NVIDIA’s own cooler its frequencies can be increased by 200 MHz, whereas with a more advanced air cooler it can run at over higher clock-rates (check our review for more details).

Theoretically, Inno3D’s hybrid cooling system should provide more overclocking headroom compared to air coolers. In this case, the question is how significant that additional headroom is or if the average chip can support it. That being said a better cooling system also means lower temperatures in general and a potentially longer lifespan. Moreover, the hybrid cooling system may also be a bit quieter than inexpensive air coolers, but it requires more space inside the PC.

Inno3D did not reveal recommended price for the iChill GeForce GTX 1060 Black graphics card, but we imagine that it is going to be higher than the MSRP of a typical GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB product, which is $249.

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Source: Inno3D via TechPowerUp.

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  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - link

    You know there is that ONE person with a skylake box and a 3.5" floppy drive.
  • Ktracho - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - link

    I've got a factory shrink-wrapped 5 1/4 " floppy drive I'm dying to put into my Skylake box, if only I could find a motherboard with a floppy drive connector on it, you know, to see oodles of treasured data I haven't had access to in years. :-)
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - link

    I actually use the 3.5 inch floppy power connector for a Cyber Acoustics CA-1000 speaker box in my gaming desktop. It's basically a pair of cute little speakers crammed inside a 5.25 inch bay-compatiable box that comes with wiring to run audio from your stereo out on the back of the motherboard, back inside the case via an empty expansion slot using a plate that has the wire punched through it and into the speaker box. It needs floppy disk power to drive the speakers so, on the off chance I ever plug a monitor back into my gaming PC, I'll be able to hear things without cluttering up the world with big, ugly speakers that waste space on my desk. So yeah, floppy power connectors are still relevant in certain situations.
  • HollyDOL - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - link

    That has to provide terrible sound quality...
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - link

    Yes, absolutely it's not great quality. I've owned three CA-1000 in-bay speaker sets over the years and all of them have been consistently poor. Stereo seperation is basically nonexistent for the obvious reason that both speakers are crammed into the same casing and neither is in an independent chamber. Having opened one of them in the past, I found a couple of cheap paper cones in plastic molds that have them firing upward at the top of the box's interior rather than forward out the front grills. I think this was done so that larger diameter speakers could be placed inside to get a bit more bass. Power was rated at something like 1.5 - 2 watts. Anyway, they're probably best dropped into the "barely adequate" category, though they do get loud enough to fill a small room and don't distort until the very top end of their volume dial.

    Since my gaming box is a headless streaming machine only, audio is wrapped up in with video and pushed over the network and I hear it through the headphones plugged into my laptop on the other end of the wire. I only have them becasue my Lian Li's wiring for the front audio ports doesn't want to play nicely on my current motherboard. In the event I eventually stop streaming, I'm going to want working front audio and the CA-1000 has a headphone connection. It's also nice enough to move that connection from the very bottom of the case to closer to the top so my wire run doesn't need to be as long and I get more headphone slack.

    In the long ago past when some of the guys I worked with invited me to LAN parties, I used older model CA-1000s in MicroATX cases to get sound without extra fuss. The lack of stereo seperation and poor quality didn't hurt me too much when I was rocking Battlefield 1942 or UT99. Anyway, I don't think Cyber Acoustics is even producing the CA-1000 anymore. If I ever do need desktop speakers again, I'll probably pick up something that's powered off a USB port, but still has a stereo connector for analog audio. Dell shipped a nice set of them with some of their Optiplex systems that also fit in the "yup, it makes noise" category and they don't waste a lot of desk or room space with stupidly huge boxes packed full of subwoofers.
  • Assimilator87 - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    **Article Correction**

    In the chart, I believe the reference 1060's memory clock should be 8.0 Gbps.
  • Assimilator87 - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - link

    and the Boost Clock is 1708 Mhz, not 1683 Mhz.
  • Flunk - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    I bet this is going to cost as much as a 1070. Which would make it a terrible deal and a pointless product. Although seeing as even 1080s can be more than adequately cooled on air it's guaranteed to be a pointless product.
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - link

    It's 365€ for this 1060/6GB vs 395€ for the cheapest 1070. The poor fools who choose this abomination.
  • HollyDOL - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - link

    Kind of reminds me pple drilling holes in their car exhausts so their 900ccm 34kW engines sounded 'cool' :-)

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